Dating: How To Date Online Safely !!!
Of course there is no practical way to make
meeting a stranger absolutely safe, but here are some effective ways to help reduce the
Before the first date!
1. Get an anonymous e-mail account.
|NEVER post your real name
anywhere online. Remove it from chat programs, and any email accounts that you use for
recreational correspondence. If you need to get one, try Yahoo or Hotmail.
2. Take time!
|Nothing will give you better
prospective than time! Has your date's habits, mood or language inexplicably
changed? Are you becoming more suspicious of something with time; perhaps something
just doesn't feel right?
3. Get a
|Chat on the phone a few
times... what can you hear in the background? Do background noises match the
information you have been told? Is the household supposed to have children, pets,
etc.? Listen, Listen, Listen! Remember to block caller-ID's
until you chose to give your number. Note that if you have been asked to call an
800# its likely that your phone number will be recorded on the recipient's phone bill.
4. Verify the phone
|Call Directory Assistance and
insure that your date's phone number matches the name they gave you... If your
date's number is unlisted, Directory Assistance will verify that 'so and so' has a number,
but its unlisted.
5. Call at
|Someone who cherishes you will
always delight to take your call! Does someone unexpected answer the phone?
Does your date seem irritable that you are calling unexpectedly? Perhaps they have
something to hide.. Don't be a pest, but try a couple of unanticipated
times... just to sense the temperature...
6. Ask to have a
|Is your date a 'family man?' Is
(s)he proud of the children? Do the kids seem to match the details you were told?
7. Get a physical
address and mail a card.
|Use a return address that will
not reveal your identity or your physical address (i.e. just use your screen name and a PO
Box or work address) and see if the card is returned for any reason. Allow a minimum of 10
days to receive returned mail if the address turns out to be bogus.
8. Ask about previous
|Was your date previously
married? In any long term relationships? Why did they end? Does there
seem to be any remorse? Should there be? Does your date seem to have
recovered from the separation or dissolving of the relationship? Always ask
"What would the other person say about you?" Listen, listen,
listen! If it feels right, ask questions. If it all feels wrong, ask
questions. Clarify! If it doesn't seem to add up, it might not!
For the first date!
1. Clarify everyone's expectations.
|Nothing hurts a relationship or
friendship more than poor communication! If you are both on the same wavelength you
are less likely to get hurt. If you are not on the same wavelength, perhaps its best
to wait until you are!
2. Always use common
|Just because you have known
someone online for some time, do not let down your guard any sooner than with a
3. Double date if
|Your best friend is dying for
the details anyway! If you judge that to be too awkward, ask if perhaps your best
friend might also take in the same activities and kind of keep an eye peeled for you!
4. ALWAYS conduct early
dates in very public places.
|Go to a restaurant in the mall.
Go to a club at a hotel. Always be near other people.. If you want to take a walk
hand in hand, let it be in the mall. Want the great outdoors? Walk near the
surf on a popular beach.
5. AVOID relying on your date
|If you want to end the date or need
to end the date, don't be left in the unenviable position of being hostage to
transportation. Do not leave your car behind!
6. Think Ahead.
|Know in advance where police
and fire stations are so you know where you can get help if needed. Anticipate some
snags, and pre-plan your response.
7. Never leave your food or
|Powerful new drugs exist that
can make you prey to the other person's wishes and hardly recall anything in the
morning. If you start to feel ill, insist on calling a friend or taking a cab if you
are too ill to drive home.
8. Let someone know your
|Tell someone who you are going
to be with, including name & phone number. If its convenient, notice your date's
license plate number and leave the information on your answering machine at home or with a
friend. Agree to be home at a certain hour, or to call someone to let them know you
will be late.
Now... if you have done your homework,
and prepared correctly, both you and your date can relax and have a good time....
and the folks who love you can relax too!
|Written by George C. Jobel, a
former pastor, a veteran Internet suitor, and the father of 3 beautiful daughters!
email or ICQ # 358787
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